Nakuru man admits to slaughtering 1,000 cats, selling meat


James Mukangu, who was busted skinning a cat in Nakuru. PHOTO|COURTESY
James Mukangu, who was busted skinning a cat in Nakuru. PHOTO|COURTESY

In Summary

  • A middle-aged man narrowly escaped death on Sunday after angry residents busted him skinning a cat at an open field in Nakuru.
  • Upon interrogation the man said he had been skinning cats for sale to some clients in town over the past seven years.
  • Mukangi disclosed that he has ready market for his trade as some clients buy the skin and while others go for the meat. He claimed he had skinned about 1,000 cats over the said seven-year period.

A middle-aged man narrowly escaped death on Sunday after angry residents busted him skinning a cat at an open field in Nakuru.

According to witnesses, the man identified himself as James Mukangi had already cut the animal’s neck and was in the process of removing the skin when he was busted along the railway line just a few metres outside Nakuru town.

Police officers from the nearby Ukulima Police post rescued the man from an angry mob that had began roughing him up.

Upon interrogation the man said he had been skinning cats for sale to some clients in town over the past seven years.

Mukangi disclosed that he has ready market for his trade as some clients buy the skin and while others go for the meat. He claimed he had skinned about 1,000 cats over the said seven-year period.

The incident left many residents in Nakuru town in shock and fear over the meat they have been consuming.

According to Dr Githui Kaba, a county veterinary officer who doubles as the Livestock Chairman at ASK Showground Nakuru branch, eating cat meat is unsafe and also illegal.

The residents called on the police to thoroughly investigate the matter and establish whether the meat was finding its way into the local market.

The suspect was taken to Nakuru Central Police station awaiting to be arraigned in court on Monday.

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